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B1bn earmarked to improve road safety around schools

THAILAND: More than B1 billion has been earmarked to fund the Department of Rural Road’s road safety project for schools nationwide, said the department’s acting director-general Kritthep Simli.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 22 February 2019, 09:19AM

Thai school children travelling to school. Photo: Creative Commons

Thai school children travelling to school. Photo: Creative Commons

Mr Kritthep said 997 schools will be covered by the department’s road safety project in the next fiscal year, which begins in October. By the end of the next fiscal year, a total of 3,842 schools across the country will be part of the project.

By the end of the current fiscal year, the project – in which additional safety measures have been placed in front of schools – will have covered some 2,845 schools.

A total of B1.3 billion will be disbursed to schools, to ensure the project carries on into the future, said Mr Kritthep.

“About 325 schools will be added to the programme by Sept 30,” said Mr Kritthep.

Under the project, roads in front of these schools will be designated as “safe zones”, where traffic laws will be strictly enforced.

Signs will be placed to remind motorists that a school is nearby, so they must slow down to 30 kilometres per hour. A crossing will be painted on the road surface, and flashing traffic lights and reflective markers will also be installed.

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“The measures are designed to curb road accidents,” he said.

Training sessions and awareness campaigns will also be scheduled regularly to remind everyone of the importance of road safety, especially around schools.

Teachers employed at state-run schools that are located along busy roads will be encouraged to attend training sessions, so they could pass on the information to other teachers, students, and other people within their communities, said Mr Kritthep. “They will also be encouraged to volunteer as road-safety campaigners,” he said.


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BenPendejo | 27 February 2019 - 10:03:20

Kids aren't getting killed in and around schools...they're getting killed because many of them are too young, unlicensed, not wearing helmets, and are sent on their happy ignorant ways by an impotent police force and irresponsible parents...none of which is addressed by these wasteful measures.

Jor12 | 26 February 2019 - 15:12:39

It's an issue about road safety in and around schools. Read the article. Like any other educational initiatives whether they are effective or not needs study not innuendo.

BenPendejo | 26 February 2019 - 12:28:18

Sorry Jor, it is about "effective" safety measures, not wasting a billion baht on nonsensical signs and crosswalks in front of schools.  The issue runs deeper, like the police watching 3 under-aged kids leave the school on a motorbike ridden by an unlicensed child with none of them wearing helmets and all holding their phones.  Ex-pats are all for safety, but deplore the nonsense from of...

Rorri_2 | 26 February 2019 - 05:48:05

"Abolutely amazing. There are constant comments about the safety on the roads and when an public safety campaign is initiated especially for children, there are still howls of protest! Amazing ex-pats," you, and everyone else, knows it need to be ongoing, followed up, but never happens, so the continuing deaths go on, and on.

Jor12 | 25 February 2019 - 20:21:38

And still they keep complaining! If one reads the article it is not a study.

Kurt | 25 February 2019 - 13:05:21

The more 'studies' we can do on road safety projects without really touching/improving the situation, the more 'talk projects' can follow up, with more 'budgets', of course. Here and there some volunteers to make it look serious. Oh boy, how promising is all this for pockets as long nothing change. Great dreaming.

Jor12 | 24 February 2019 - 16:13:49

Abolutely amazing.  There are constant comments about the safety on the roads and when an public safety campaign is initiated especially for children, there are still howls of protest! Amazing ex-pats.

Kurt | 24 February 2019 - 11:20:13

In 4.0 Countries the schools forbid underage, non licensed, non helmet kids to arrive at school by motorbike and send them home again with a letter for the parents to take better responsibility of their kids. Seems to be strange in Thailand. 3 Or more kids, girls even in amazone sit, seem to be the normal thing. Amazing Thailand. Fine schools and parents, make money, don't spend it useless.

BenPendejo | 23 February 2019 - 18:52:17

Waste of a billion THB, with the biggest benefits being the lining of pockets.  Officials once again show their inability to recognized the root cause of such a reckless society...that being non-existent law enforcement, and no consequences for not following the law.  Short and sweet, the problem rests with the police and their inability and/or unwillingness to enforce laws.

SueYu2 | 23 February 2019 - 11:25:22

This is stupid. Instead of warning adult motorists of nearby schools the money shd be used to arrange school buses, enforce minimum-age driving laws & improve public transport.

Kurt | 23 February 2019 - 11:10:28

Solution: Unannounced a RTP team at school gates, with a few big trucks. Confiscate all motorbikes from under aged, non helmet, non driving licensed kids. Parents can collect motorbike  a few days later at assemble place after paying a fine of 1000 thb ( with ticket), or 600 thb without ticket.  Repeater's motorbike scrapped.  We keep it 'fair', right?  :-)

Fascinated | 22 February 2019 - 23:11:39

Signs and lights- biiiiiiiiiig deal. how about cops stopping kids riding (sorry- racing) bikes all over the place and calling their parents to task. better to harrangue one tourist than stop ten kids speeding past I guess. Cops and teachers should get together to stop the practice and I'm talking elementary schools, NOT just Second schools. Kamala school is a racetrack at finishing time .

CaptainJack69 | 22 February 2019 - 12:56:27

The picture says it all. 3 kids on a bike with no helmets and presumably no license (they don't look 16). This is how Thai's learn about road safety. They then grow up to be the drivers speeding past the schools, or turning with indicating or looking, or driving in the wrong lane, or drunk driving, without helmets or licenses. Address the problem at the source

Kurt | 22 February 2019 - 12:17:15

See the photo:  3 thai girls on 1 motorbike, no helmets, probably without driving license. And talking about safety and speed limits near schools?  Kidding me? This is a fantasy project with a 30% study money flow to private pockets. Great 'self marketing'.

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